With the autumn weather well in place and colder weather on the way, take a look at the following guidelines to try and keep yourself at less risk of flu once it is circulating. Obviously there is no magic formula, but by taking a look at the ideas below you may be give to keep yourself and those you care for at least a fighting chance against the germs.
· Avoid people who are unwell. If they sneeze, ask them to cover their mouth with a disposable tissue. If they're a colleague at work, ask them to go home until they're well.
· Wash you hands all the time with disinfectant soap and hot water. Ask those around you to do so as well. Use disinfectant spray at home on any surfaces which might get exposed to a virus. Don't forget to clean the doorknobs.
· Eat healthy. Your immune system will be boosted by a diet that gets enough protein through beans, lentils and fish. Oily fish, nuts and seeds will give you essential fats, which are also good for you. Try to get five portions of fruit and vegetables, and include whole grain foods like brown rice in your diet. Stay away from refined foods.
· Sleep. A restful eight hours will ensure that your body is better able to fend off and fight infection. To get a good night's sleep avoid eating late, and caffeine and alcohol before bed. Make sure that your bedroom is a comfortable and relaxing place to sleep.
· Exercise. Three times a week or more do something that makes you sweat. Cardiovascular activities like running, brisk walking or aerobics will do fine. If you're feeling adventurous, you can do some weights. Exercise will boost your immune system, which will make it more resistant to a cold, and quicker to recover as well.
· Medicate. Yes, if all else fails, your local chemists is stacked full of over the counter products to manage colds. Your pharmacist can advise you, as can your GP.